The 25-year old suffered a horrific ankle injury against the Swans in round 15 which caused him to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
Initial fears were that Conca broke his ankle, which would have sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
But scans revealed that the former pick six had merely dislocated his ankle, and now Hardwick is hopeful of seeing him on the field again prior to the finals.
“He’s running at the morning so he’s moved from the Alter G (running machine),” Hardwick told reporters on Thursday.
“He’s running laps [as of] Tuesday, so he’s started to progress which is great. We’re very confident he’ll play some football,” Hardwick said on Thursday.
“When it is we’re not too sure, but we think it will be before the finals.”